The Hunger Games MOVIE VS. BOOK

In The Hunger Games book, you are intrigued by every page of this first person narrative. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, tells of her dangerous and traumatic experience in the murderous games. You journey along a suspenseful ride with a fantastic ending which leaves you wanting more. The amount of detail that is touched on in the plot is the golden ratio. The small conversations among the characters exemplify this detail that project the reader through the twists and turns. It is just enough to keep you informed, but not too much to bore you.

In The Hunger Games movie, you watch along while Katniss fights in almost every scene of this intense drama. The cinematics provide you with an excellent visual outside of Katniss's thoughts of the characters and setting throughout the movie. If you are visually sharp enough, you catch or predict oncoming events.

Aside from minor story differentials and details, a major difference includes how the plot is revealed. In the book, Katniss tells the story in first person and how she perceives the world. In the movie, it makes you follow along and make your own judgements on the characters. For example, Haymitch, the mentor to Katniss and Peeta Mallark, is described, in the book, as having passed out in his own vomit from drunkenness. Also, it is clearly stated that he is an alcoholic. In the movie, you only see him passed out and occasionally drinking and it never says he has a drinking problem. You are left to draw that conclusion on your own. In the movie, the key characters are revealed quicker and the plot is developed faster. Whereas, in the book, the story elements emerge at a much slower pace. One minor difference I noticed was that in the book Madges gives Katniss her Mockingjay pin. However, in the movie, the pin is bought off the market, and received before the games by prim, Katniss's little sister.

In my opinion, I would advise you to watch the movie first. The movie delivers more visual information and facial expressions to observe. I preferred listening to the engaging dialog and conversation details. I enjoyed growing my own opinion of the characters, while simultaneously watching experiences outside of Katniss's thoughts. My favorite scene of the movie is when Katniss shoots the apple out of the pig's mouth and visually seeing the startled faces on the characters in the movie. Overall, I believe the movie allows for more freedom of thought and interpretation throughout the story.


Created with images by JeepersMedia - "Hunger Games" • Seniju - "reading" • janafalk - "le cinéma est la plus belle escroquerie du monde" • siddhu2020 - "Miniatures" • bizmac - "untitled image"

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